Peer who was champion of horticulture dies, aged 76

Chairman of All-Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group will be sadly be missed

The chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Gardening & Horticulture Group, Lord Walker of Doncaster, has died at the age of 76. Harold Walker became chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Gardening Group on its foundation in 1993 and had chaired the 180-strong APPGHG since its foundation in 2000. Group secretary Brian Donohoe MP said Lord Walker would be “sadly missed”. “He was the instigator, along with myself, of the gardening group and was very supportive of serious government representation of the industry. He was in a strong position to do that within the House of Lords. He was an all-round gardener and was very proud of his gardens, both in London and Doncaster. I know he took great pride in what they produced.” Donohoe said the group will decide who will be its new chairman before its AGM in January. Former administrative secretary of the All-Party Group Mark Glover said Walker was a “competent and intelligent chairman and an enthusiastic supporter of the group. The last thing he attended was last year’s All-Party reception”. Walker was an avid gardener who campaigned for the preservation of allotments. He was MP for Doncaster from 1964 to 1997 and was deputy speaker in the House of Commons. He was also a minister of state for employment and was made a life peer in 1997. His second wife, Mary Griffin, survives him with a daughter from his first marriage.

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